Spring Beauty: Getting Your Skin Ready

Out with the cold, and in with the fresh breeze. Spring is officially upon us in the United States and a changing season calls for a changing beauty regime.

The colder months can be extremely harsh on the skin. Thus it requires a little bit of preparation to ensure that your skin stays healthy as the days grow warmer. So, we’ve compiled a list of skin care tips that will help keep your skin fresh and healthy during the spring.

Spring beauty tips

Opt for lighter cleansers and moisturizers

During the colder months, our skin calls for heavier cleansers and moisturizers. These products are used to hydrate dry skin by adding more moisture to it. However, it’s important to switch out these products for something lighter, come spring.

It is best to choose a lightweight cleanser that can also combat any excess oil. In regards to moisturizers, using a heavy one during spring can lead to clogged pores and excess sweat. A lightweight moisturizer, preferably with hyaluronic acid, plumps up the skin, keeps it hydrated and also allows it to breathe.

Exfoliate regularly

If you’re looking to have fresh, glowing skin during spring, then it’s important that you exfoliate.

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As mentioned, winter can be especially hard on the skin and by the end of it, your skin is left looking dull and battling with clogged pores. Investing in a gentle exfoliator will help to unblock those pores and clear away dead and dry skin cells. This will also allow the skin to be more receptive to additional products such as serums and moisturizers.

It’s best to exfoliate once or twice a week and your choice of exfoliator is dependent on your skin type. Notable ingredients to look out for when exfoliating include salicylic acid, glycolic acid and fruit enzymes like pomegranate.

Always use sunscreen

Sunscreen is just as important in the colder months as it is in the winter months. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, 80% of the sun’s UV rays can still penetrate through on a cloudy day and cause damage (1). Aside from an increased risk of skin cancer, sun damage also accelerates the aging process which then leads to hyper pigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles.

However, I’m sure that we’re all guilty of not using sunscreen as much as we should during the colder days. Thus if you’ve been lax about wearing sunscreen over winter, it’s time to get back into the habit of regularly wearing it.

Be sure to choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher. Additionally, when choosing your sunscreen, it is important to look out for ingredients that can be detrimental to your health and that of the environment. Here are six toxic ingredients that your sunscreen needs to be clear of.

Add an eye cream

You’re never too young for an eye cream. This is especially important when you remember that the skin under the eyes is much thinner than the rest of the face.

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An eye cream will not only help to hydrate the area around your eyes, but it will also help to combat the effects of your squinting in the sun. That being said, it’s important that you also invest in a really good pair of sunglasses that do more than enhance your appearance.

Spring-clean your makeup

With spring comes spring cleaning and it’s best to start with your makeup cardboard. Keeping a product for too long can lead to a buildup of bacteria, which can then cause clogged pores and breakouts.

If you haven’t used a product in six months, chuck it out. Additionally, it is important to regularly clean all your makeup brushes because if not, they can become host to bacteria and germs. You should also go lighter with your makeup during the warmer months as heavier makeup can clog the pores.

Hydrate

The temperatures have risen so you need to ensure that you keep your body as hydrated. 

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You can also ensure your hydration by consuming water-rich foods such as cucumbers, tomatoes, and grapefruit.

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